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Epernay, France

Written on: Saturday June 20th, 2015

A journal entry from: South Africa, Europe 2015

After four and a half months of mostly sunny and mild (or hot) weather it was a bit of a shock to encounter rain. However, rain we had and just shortly after finishing our walk. On the good side we managed to do the 33 days of walking over three years with almost no precipitation. We did feel sorry for those setting off just after us as it would have been a wet, muddy experience. Since the weather looked to be much better to the north we decided to mosey up through Burgundy and Champagne rather than staying south and then making a mad dash north. Before leaving the south we stopped in Puy l'Evêque on the Lot river to visit a very old friend. Violette is still going strong at the ripe old age of 93 with a mind as sharp as a pin. Her genes are obviously good as she had one sister who lived until the age of 105 and the other to a more humble 95.

In Burgundy we visited the beautiful town of Vézaley which is another departure point for the Chemin St Jacques. This is also in the middle of the Burgundy "voie verte", a system of long range bicycle paths placed along canals and former railway beds. We had a short break in the weather and were able to try a section with the idea of coming back for more at a future date. From there it was on to the medieval town of Potvins just to the east of Paris and a short stop in Epernay in the heart of the Champagne wine country. In Epernay we decided to take the 7 euro champagne  tour from our campground rather than going to visit one of the more famous producers. It was well worth it. We went with 6 other campers via mini van through the hilly vineyards to a little village that is the home of Salmon Champagnes. We were treated to an excellent tour of their wine cellars by the son-in-law of the owner (a great way to get into the wine business) followed by unlimited tastings of their product. It was a good thing that someone else was driving on the way back.


 

From Sourabh on Oct 25th, 2015

I had car accident (it wasn't my fault, it was parekd when another car run into it). Few days after I've received a letter from my isurance company saying: Please contact us to confirm how the details of the other party were optained? . Also they are asking me if I was a witness of the accident or did a witness provide me with information. I don't know what exactly they are asking about? Dothey want to know how I get details of the other driver or are they asking about the company that have my car now to repair it?